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Events in Orange County This Week: May 5th – May 11th

Saturday, May 10th

Surf Fishing Clinic
Crystal Cove State Park
8471 N. Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Join professional angler Bill Varner for a surf fishing clinic at Crystal Cove State Park. Activity runs 6:30am – 9am. Minimum age is 8. Reservations are required. Please contact [email protected] to make a reservation. Meet at the Reef Point lot (PCH coastward Reef Point stoplight, left at the kiosk to the end). Bring your own rod and reel. Bait will be supplied. $15 parking fee.

Bugs, Blooms & Butterflies Program
Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center
Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
2301 University Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Spring is in the air! Join us for a fun-filled day exploring life in the garden with bugs, blooms and butterflies! Explore educational stations, informative exhibits and live arthropod friends. Program runs 10am – 2pm. Just for Kids – face painting, crafts and a buggy coloring mural. Special guests include: Dr. Sue the Bug Lady, Mimi the Monarch Butterfly and Lenny & Squiggy the hissing cockroaches. This program is FREE! No reservations required.

Historic District Tour
Crystal Cove State Park
8471 N. Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Take a walk through the renovated 12-acre Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park. Learn about the colorful past of the Cove and hear about the different uses for each cottage. Tour runs 10am – 12pm. Minimum age is 8. Park at the Los Trancos parking lot, then cross at the intersection and walk across the marked pathways towards the historic district to the first cottage #34 on top of the hill. There is a $15 day-use parking fee.

Pretend City Mother’s Day Celebration!
Pretend City
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618

Mother’s Day is a special occasion to honor mothers everywhere, to shower them with love, care, and warmth. On this Mother’s Day eve, Pretend City brings you splendid celebration activities for mommies and children. Spend the day together sharing special moments, bonding, and creating wonderful memories. Activities for the day include:

• Art Studio Smart Art Activity: Mommy & Me Puppets – Here’s your chance to get creative! Mommies use this time to have some fun too. These personalized puppets will be great tool to utilize when working on your child’s social and emotional skills through play.
• Sensational Story Time: The Night Before Mother’s Day – This sweet story is a fun way to celebrate Mother’s Day. Join in all of the antics as you create your very own take-home Mommy and Me Grab Bag full of supplies to make your Mother’s Day the best!
• Growing Up Great: Mommy & Me Yoga- Mommies, take some time to relax with your child during this Mommy & Me yoga session. Doing yoga together enhances your little one’s cognitive development, improves their social skills, and is just plain fun!

The Celebration runs 10am – 3pm and is included in General Admission (Adults and Children 1 year and above $12.50, Infant to 12 months free).

Young Authors’ Faire – Celebrate Your Story Event at five libraries: Irvine Katie Wheeler (13109 Old Myford Rd.), La Habra (221 E. La Habra Blvd.), San Juan Capistrano (31495 El Camino Real), Tustin (345 E. Man St.), and Westminster (8189 13th St.),

In conjunction with the Orange County Department of Education, the Library will be hosting the 2014 Young Authors’ Faire on Saturday, May 10 from 11 am to 3 pm. This celebration of the writing efforts of K-12 students in Orange County Schools will feature performers, authors, games, prizes and more. This event runs 11am – 3pm and is free of charge.

Nature Walk
O’Neill Regional Park
30982 Trabuco Canyon Rd.
Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678

Join our Naturalists on a nature walk and learn about Trabuco Canyon animals and nature. Light to moderate walk on mostly paved roads. Meet at the Nature Center just inside the main entrance of the park. Hike is 9am-10:30am. All ages welcome. Hike is free but parking is $5. Event is conditional on weather.

Redwood Grove Hike
Carbon Canyon Regional Park
4442 Carbon Canyon Rd.
Brea CA 92823

Join OC Parks’ trained staff on an easy 1.1-mile hike to the park’s Coastal Redwood grove. You will use your 5 senses to engage with nature as you stroll to the Redwoods. You will also have an opportunity to learn about our native plants along the way. The hike begins at the park’s Nature Center located at east end of the park and runs 9:30am – 11am. Don’t forget to visit our Nature Center when you are there, too! Hike is free but parking is $5. All ages welcome. Reservations are preferred, please call (714) 973-3160 or e-mail [email protected]

Rocket Launch 2014
Discovery Science Center
(Event held at The Boeing Company 5301 Bolsa Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92647)

Join us for a free family event at The Boeing Company! Our annual Rocket Launch is full of engaging, hands-on activities highlighted by designing, building, and launching your own rocket made from a 2-liter plastic soda bottle. Event runs 9am – 2pm. Event is free but registration is required.

Party for the Planet and Membership Appreciation Day
Green Theme Santa Ana Zoo
1801 East Chestnut Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92701

All Zoo event open with booths promoting conservation. Enjoy music and crafts. FREE with price of admission ($10 adult, $7 child 3-12, Free for children under 3). Zoo members receive extra discounts.

Tenth Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival
Mission San Juan Capistrano
26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Join us in the beautiful Mission Courtyard for this highly-anticipated celebration of talent, interpretation and inspiration of Mariachi music. This exciting day features live music performances by mariachi groups from across Southern California and beyond as they compete on stage for cash prizes before a panel of distinguished judges. Festival highlights also include: ringing of the historic Mission bells, a special performance of the National Anthem, performances by Ballet Folklorico de San Juan Capistrano, bilingual marionette shows and exhibition performances by local Capistrano Community Mariachi Program. Don’t miss this year’s special tenth annual celebration! The Festival runs 11am – 4pm.

Science Saturdays with ExplorOcean
ExplorOcean Galleries and Science Courtyard
600 E Bay Ave.
Newport Beach, CA 92661

Families can have an interactive experience while learning about the 7 essential principles of ocean literacy at this free event. The event is weather permitting and will be from 12pm to 3pm. Registration is not required.

Lakeshore Learning Free Craft Clinic
Your closest Lakeshore Location

Children are invited to your closest Lakeshore Learning Store for a free craft clinic from 11am to 3pm. Lakeshore will provide all the supplies, and this week, kid crafters create a Mom’s Coupon Book filled with promises for Mom!

Global Sounds Festival
Mile Square Regional Park
16801 Euclid St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

The new music festival will present a full day of free live music from around the globe from 12 to 6pm. Three bands will take center stage at Mile Square Regional Park throughout the day, with each performance providing a unique and exciting musical experience! BLEU Band will headline the event, featuring an assortment of hit Vietnamese recording artists (Linda Trang Dai, Tommy Ngo, Lillian and many more). Preceding that, Mexican Mother’s Day will be celebrated with the Latin sensation Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez performing live. The event kicks off with favorite tunes from the 1980s with local tribute band Flashback Heart Attack. Artists: Flashback Heart Attack (12:30 p.m.), Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez (2 p.m.), BLEU Band (3:30 p.m.)

Live music will take place near the Forest Shelter in the park, close to the Euclid Street entrance. The event admission and parking are free. Food will be available for purchase. Join OC Parks to experience a world of music in the great outdoors at the family-friendly Global Sounds Festival.

9 Easy Steps To Make Sure Your Kids Are Protected No Matter What
My Gym
3061 Edinger Ave.
Tustin, CA 92780

Looking for something to do with the family? Local attorney and mom, Darlynn Morgan, is coming out to talk to parents with small children about the importance of estate planning, naming guardians and making sure your kids will be taken care of if the “unthinkable” happens to you. She has spoken at Moms clubs all over Orange County and received rave reviews for her invaluable information for parents. These events are *FREE* and for moms (and dads) to attend! Bring the kiddos, get informed and have some fun. Workshop begins at 3:30pm. Space is limited so register today or by calling 949-260-1400.

Family Night Hike
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park Irvine
(directions will be emailed with registration)

Enjoy an early evening family hike on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Hike runs 6pm – 8pm and the minimum age is 12. We will hike along a flat trail and cross a creek as we watch for red-tailed hawks and mule deer. The hike will average 2-3 miles round trip at an easy pace with a medium level of interpretation. This program is for participants who would enjoy a slower-paced and level hike. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes, and bring water for the hike. Be ready to enjoy the sounds and smells of early evening. Registration for this free event is required.

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